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Pot misogyny: Your sex and gender morning roundup

March 21, 2011 - 09:00 AM
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POT MISOGYNY: "Though High Times is run by a number of women at the top, the magazine is a boy's club, edited primarily by men," writes CelebStoner's Steve Bloom in his defense of the website's boycott of the Marijuana Policy Project's Playboy Mansion fundraiser. "High Times caters to a predominately male readership. That's why the magazine has featured photo spreads of Playmates, Penthouse Pets and porn stars. It's a men's magazine first, and the editors and bosses know how to play to their crowd. . . . I'm not a prude, I just don't think it's appropriate to fill up a pot magazine with images strictly for male readers, essentially turning off the female base. The few women on the staff would occasionally suggest that a sexy guy should be on the cover. Never happened. I'd regularly hear from women in the movement who'd distanced themselves from the magazine because of the racy content."

RELATED: The NORML Women's Alliance.

AFTER THE JUMP: Queer women (not) on TV; analyzing race in the wake of a rape; Fukushima vs. Charlie Sheen:

RACE AND GANG RAPE: Is it appropriate to focus on racial dynamics in the wake of a brutal gang rape of an 11-year-old girl? "while the victim is Hispanic, her alleged assailants are African-American, and reaction in the community seems to be divided along racial lines. Some black community leaders, like Minister Quanell X of the New Black Panther Party, have hijacked the story for their own cause," writes the Good Men Project's  Sam McCann. (X said of the rape: "You mean to tell me that the only men in Cleveland, Texas, [who] had sex with that girl are black men who are locked up in the jail? Do you mean to tell me that there is no other race of men in Cleveland that slept with that child, that the black men are so psychologically and morally depraved, with a loss of a moral sense of shame, that they are the only ones who touched her?”). McCann's take: "While X is right—there are some important questions that need to be asked about our justice system’s attitudes towards race—this case is not his soapbox for rape stories, and his attitude underlines the fundamental problem in the media’s handling of it. He, The New York Times, and other outlets overlook the main issue—the gruesome crime that this girl endured—in order to tell a story more conducive to their own ends."

ON THE DEARTH of interesting female queer characters on television: "Maybe we’re supposed to be convinced that we live in an era of interesting characterizations because that list rates a bisexual lady murderer as a better character than the annoying bisexual lady social climber she’s supposed to have drowned in a swimming pool?"

BLACK MEN AND FEMINISM: "there just weren’t a lot of fathers doing the quotidian work of parenting in my South Philadelphia neighborhood, as if all the adult black men had agreed to go into hiding," writes G.D. of PostBourgie. "And so the teachers; the parents who yelled at us to come inside when it got dark, and who organized the church trips, camps and block parties, were almost always black women. My grandmother scooped me up from soccer practice. My mom taught me the rules of football and tied my ties. My aunt helped me with my long division. Her daughter taught me how to shoot free throws. When something broke, one of these women fixed it. . . . None of these were feminist acts in and of themselves, and those women would never have identified as feminists, but they were (and remain) giants to me. And I was living in a world, albeit not the one they probably would have preferred, in which the traditional gender roles were queered."

THE FUKUSHIMA 50 > CHARLIE SHEEN. Analysis via the Washington Times.

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